Recently, I was requested to post an article in Christian Daily Resources. The article is as follows: You Must Be Born Again
As a professional investigator, I like to believe that I have an inquisitive mind and I require proof when stories or events need further explanation (or they’re beyond belief).
So, I thought diligently and prayed to the Lord for guidance. Finally, it just came to me that in order for people to “understand” the Holy Bible and it’s scriptures, one must be born again! I’ve had so many friends and family members complain that they don’t understand the scriptures.
I’ve often explained to them that all anyone needs to do is just read. Understanding comes from the Lord. But if the understanding doesn’t come right then and there, then wait because the Lord already knows to provide the understanding. It will come in due time. He may provide an individual schooled in the scriptures, He could provide a movie that makes reference to the issue, or perhaps, He will just “drop” the understanding into our spirit! The scriptures can take on the scope of bits of a puzzle waiting to be pieced together. They provide our foundation for our day-to-day standards.
However, I also say that reading the bible requires commitment that translates into a habit to read the bible consistently.
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?”
Jesus is saying one must be born again spiritually in John 3:8. So to be born again spiritually, one simply acknowledges:
- That Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- That Jesus Christ is the Son of God
- That Jesus Christ died and was raised on the 3rd day (spiritually)
- That Jesus Christ saved us from our sins and eternal condemnation (salvation)
- That Jesus Christ redeemed us (reinstated our rightful position with Father God)
- That whoever believes in Jesus Christ shall inherit eternal life
I know this sounds like too much or even unbelievable; however, the bible testifies to the truth of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I know because I took my commitment seriously, acknowledged Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I’ve never regretted it. It’s an adventure. My spirit woke up. I became more aware, more conscious of what I believed in, why I believed it, and what life genuinely means.
Knowing God, having a relationship, by and through Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, is anything but boring. Ask Father God anything, in the name of Jesus, and believe, and you will receive His response. (Reminder: ask for the will of God to be revealed to you—don’t ask in an inappropriate manner like greed.)
There is so much to learn, to experience, and to pass to generations by teaching of all that God has done for us and through us as willing vessels to do his will. Don’t deprive yourself of His benefits, because His benefits become your benefits. It’s your life, live it and live it abundantly!
Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? No? Then pray this prayer of salvation:
Prayer of Salvation
We don’t deserve it; He Is Willing to Give It to You
Heavenly Father: I come to your throne of Grace, Splendor, and Majesty in the name of Jesus Christ. Your Word says that “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved” and “if thou shall confess with thy mouth, the name of the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart, that He died and that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
You said that my salvation would be the result of the Holy Spirit giving me new birth by coming to live in me and that if I would ask, you would fill me with your Spirit and give me the ability to speak in other tongues.
I take you at your word: I confess that Jesus Christ is your son and is Lord. I believe that He died and you raised him from the dead. Father God, please forgive me of my sins, transgressions and iniquities–my faults and weaknesses. I’m sorry.
Thank you for coming into my heart, for giving me your Holy Spirit, as you promised, and for being Lord over my life. Amen.
If you prayed the Prayer of Salvation, then indeed, you are born again.